The Saunders Name History
This surname has Ancient Origins.
It is believed to be a derivative of Alexander (from 2000 BC).
The origin is Olde English, from Sanderstead in Surrey.
SanderStead is recorded in the year 871, as 'Sondenstede',
the House on the Sandy Land.
The Grecian 'Alexander' translates as "Defender of Men".
'Alexander' was introduced into England by the Crusaders.
The known forms of the name are:
Saunder, Sandar, Sander, Saunders, Sanders, and Sandars.
Early examples include William Sandre (Kent in 1316) and
Richard Saunder (Stafford 1332).
Other examples include Sir Edward Saunders
(Chief Baron of the Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth 1 (1559)).
Francis Sanders, (1648 - 1710),
(a Jesuit priest was confessor to the exiled King James II of England).
The Sanders (of Sanders Place, Surrey),
claim descent from Watkin de Sanderstead in pre Norman times.
The first recorded spelling of the family name
is of Henry Sandres (1275, in Worcestershire)
during the reign of King Edward I,
(known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307).
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